ARLINGTON, Texas — Mitch Moreland’s grand slam capped a bizarre, five-run first inning for Texas and A.J. Griffin pitched six strong innings as the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 Saturday night.
Griffin (6-3) allowed five hits while winning for the first time since Aug. 4. In making his first scoreless start of the season, Griffin didn’t allow a home run for the first time in 12 starts.
Carlos Carrasco (9-7) allowed seven runs — four unearned in the first — and eight hits in four innings while striking out eight. He went into the game with a 1.74 road ERA this season, the best in the majors.
Ian Desmond and Carlos Beltran singled with one out and moved up a base on Carrasco’s balk. On Adrian Beltre’s sharp grounder to third, Desmond dove back and beat Jose Ramirez’s tag to load the bases. Rougned Odor’s hard grounder to first bounced off Carlos Santana’s glove for a run-scoring error and Moreland followed with his second career slam.